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What is an Athletic Trainer?

What is an Athletic Trainer (AT)?


Athletic Trainers (AT) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide injury prevention services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Certified Athletic Trainers must earn a degree from an accredited university athletic training curriculum, which includes formal education in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition.


Responsibilities of the Certified Athletic Trainer:

The AT is responsible for providing health care for all athletes participating in school sponsored athletic programs.  In the time between school and practice, the AT provides evaluations of injuries to athletes to determine a safe participation status, preventative bracing and taping, and rehabilitative/reconditioning therapy to any athlete with an injury. Those athletes who are not able to participate in practice or competition will be monitored while they complete their rehabilitative therapy programs.  The AT is also prepared to handle with all injuries that occur throughout each practice or competition.

 Domains of Athletic Training:

Prevention of injuries resulting from physical activity; recognition, evaluation, and assessment of injuries and conditions resulting from physical activity; immediate care of injuries resulting from physical activity; rehabilitation and reconditioning of injuries resulting from physical activity; organization and administration; professional development and responsibility

 Location of Athletic Training Room:

The athletic training room is A8 closest to the Cherry St gate.  This is the room next to the PE cardio room and the weight room.



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